California Workers' Compensation Law recognizes that Job related injuries can bring on bouts of stress, anxiety, physical pain, and even clinical depression. The main problem with this type of Injury, and yes it is an injury, is that it can be hard to prove in court. Insurance companies for your Employer will attempt to deny your claims related to stress and basically saying "prove it".
So how do you prove it exactly? Well the first step is obtaining a competent lawyer for yourself. Second, its getting your lawyer to send you to a doctor who is not associated with your employer. While your employer's doctor may be perfectly fine, a good attorney will want a Second or Third opinion of someone else to make sure we have all the best possible information and options for your claim.
After you see a doctor they evaluate you and your stress. In order to determine your work related injury is actually stressing you out you have to see a specialist in this area, typically a psychologist who is a licensed medical doctor. They run tests on you, ask you about your life, why you're stressed and what's causing your stress. After you are done treating with your doctor he issues medical reports that address the causation factors of your stress and anxiety. This is how the process works, after your reports determine your job related injury is the ACTUAL CAUSE or CONTRIBUTING FACTOR whether it be 100%, 50% or 10%. Any contributing factor MAY ENTITLE you to compensation.
If you or someone you know is suffering from work related stress contact California Law Associates today.
Andria Holt is a J.D. graduate of Pacific Coast University School of Law who has been employed in the California Workers' Compensation Field since 2008.
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